Christmas Lights, Holiday Plays, and Winter Festivities Guide

Uncovering Oklahoma’s Holiday Guide highlights the various winter festivities, such as Christmas Lights, plays, and winter sports, happening throughout Oklahoma in 2019-2020. Events and Performing Arts are sorted by Date while everything else is alphabetical.

For fall activities, check out the Halloween/Fall Guide. Looking for New Year Celebrations? Read the New Years Celebrations Guide.

Due to the pandemic, some attractions may be not happening this year or they will be doing things differently in response. This guide is regularly updated, so check back. Some listings may be placeholders and so if you see last year’s date, then I haven’t been able to confirm the event for this year at the time. Before traveling, double-check with venues on social media for status updates as weather can be an issue or a place may be rented for a private event.

Arts and Entertainment

Christmastime is coming to Enid with numerous family-friendly events, concerts, and performances scheduled throughout the season. Beginning in November, visitors to Enid can enjoy holiday décor and yuletide cheer at various local businesses and events.

WHERE: Artesian Hotel
1001 West 1st Street, Sulphur

This Christmas season, escape to the Artesian and rediscover all that the holidays have to offer. From dazzling décor to scenic carriage rides, this year’s Classic Christmas is one you won’t soon forget.

Skaters on the Devon Ice Rink - photo by Dennis Spielman

WHERE: Myriad Botanical Gardens
301 West Reno Avenue, Oklahoma City

Just as the leaves are falling and the temperatures dip down to the freezing mark, the Devon Ice Rink will open for its ninth season at Myriad Botanical Gardens. As one of the premier attractions of Downtown in December, the rink is located on the transformed Seasonal Plaza and features 5500 square feet of real ice, skate rentals, seasonal food and beverage offerings. Take part in all that is magical about the holiday season and skate under the skyline and twinkle lights strung across the rink.

Downtown in December is a series of holiday events and attractions in Oklahoma City. It’s a one-of-a-kind winter experience that features thrilling outdoor ice skating, a tree lighting festival, afternoon visits with Santa Claus, a festive holiday run, snow tubing, free water taxi excursions, performing arts, shopping, and parties that are all surrounded by twinkling holiday lights.

Video is from last year, but many of the same events are happening this year.

WHERE: Mitch Park
1501 West Covell Road, Edmond

Mitch Park in Edmond is home to an outdoor ice skating rink and a holiday light trail. Luminance is the new walk-thru holiday light display that will be open to the public at the park during the month of December.

Luminance is a walk-thru holiday light display that will be open to the public in Mitch Park.

Luminance – An Enchanted Stroll will kick off the holiday season on November 21, 2020 and go thru January 3, 2021. The lights will be on Monday – Sunday from 5p – 10p.

Residents and visitors will get to experience a one-of-a-kind holiday lighting event that will for sure get you in the holiday spirit. With Edmond being the premier city to have 3D lighted displays, you are sure to see something you’ve never seen.

Luminance takes place in Mitch Park which is a dog-friendly park. All dogs are to be on a leash and picked up after while in the park. 

WHERE: Downtown Guthrie
WHEN: November – December

Guthrie’s Territorial Christmas Foundation regretfully announces the cancellation of the large-public-gathering events for 2020. In lieu of these events, they are working with the City of Guthrie and Guthrie merchants to create new activities for the 2020 season.

From previous years:

Guthrie’s Territorial Christmas began as a hometown holiday event in 1995 when a group of merchants and citizens decided to celebrate Christmas as it had been in the early days of the Oklahoma Territory after the Land Run of 1889. Their biggest draw is the Victorian Walk Evenings where you can spend an evening strolling brick streets enjoying life as it was in Christmas’s past.

Windows throughout the Downtown Historic District come alive with living scenes depicting the joys of the season. During the Victorian Walk Evenings, watch for roving carolers and peanut vendors in the streets, shopkeepers and elegant folks dressed for the celebration in period costumes and the welcoming ambiance you’ve come to expect in Historic Guthrie.

WHERE: Frontier City
11501 North I-35 Service Road, Oklahoma City
WHEN: November 21 – January 3, 2021

Enjoy Christmas lights, visits with Santa Claus, rides, holiday shows and more at Frontier City every weekend this holiday season.

LOCATION: 3rd & Denver, Tulsa
WHEN: November 30, 2020 – January 3, 2021

The Winterfest celebration will include outdoor ice skating, photographs with “Segway Santa,” a towering tree, horse and carriage rides, and delicious concessions in Downtown Tulsa. Tulsa boasts one of the nation’s largest ice rinks.

LOCATION: 3rd & Denver, Tulsa
WHEN: December 18, 2020 – January 3, 2021

Despite the challenges of COVID, Gathering Place will once again transform into a Winter Wonderland, but this year’s event will have socially spaced zones and surprises to celebrate this holiday season. Wander through the Park and experience thousands of twinkling lights illuminating Chapman Adventure Playground, special performances and carolers, as well as some exciting new plans tucked in our sleigh. Winter Wonderland presented by American Airlines will create holiday traditions and memories for the whole family!

Christmas Lights, Holiday Lights, and other Bright Spots
Lights on Broadway in Automobile Alley, part of Downtown Oklahoma City - photo by Dennis Spielman
Automobile Alley

WHERE: 4th to 10th Street on Broadway Avenue in Oklahoma City
WHEN: November 21, 2020 – January 1, 2021

From 4th to 10th Street on Broadway Avenue in Oklahoma City, stroll through Automobile Alley’s colorful walls of lights. Open every night from November 23 until January 1. Colorful LED lights drape the buildings along eight blocks of North Broadway making for a magical holiday wonderland.

Cruise down historic Automobile Alley for the district’s holiday open house and the first day of its stunning light display at the 5th Annual Lights On Broadway event! In order to make the event as safe as possible and decrease sidewalk and in-store congestion, the event will be spread out over 4 Saturdays this season: November 21st and 28th and December 5th and 12th.

Each Saturday from 4-8 pm, various retail shops and restaurants will feature buzz-worthy window displays in addition to family-friendly activities, special promotions, and giveaways. Attendees will enjoy family-friendly programming along the sidewalks such as live music, balloon art, a magic elf, outdoor holiday movies, the Salvation Army brass band, and more.

Lights in Bricktown, Oklahoma City - photo by Dennis Spielman

WHERE: Bricktown, Oklahoma City
WHEN: November 28, 2020 – January 10, 2021
ADMISSION: Parking fee varies by location/time

The Bricktown Canal Lights display will brighten your Bricktown experience. As you stroll the canal, enjoy the dining and shopping along downtown OKC’s premier entertainment district under the gorgeous holiday lights. The light display is free to the public. Keep an eye out for Santa as he tours downtown events on his segway and delivers goodies for both kids and adults.

Unfortunately, due to the realities of the current COVID-19 crisis, the Downtown in December Holiday Boat Rides will not take place during 2020. This is due to a number of factors, which the full statement can be read here.

STARTING POINT: Holiday Pop-Up Shops
399 NW 10th Street, Oklahoma City
ADMISSION: $20 (bike rental extra)

Experience downtown Oklahoma City’s Holiday lights in a whole new way by biking through Automobile Alley and Heritage Hills with Ride OKC. You’ll see stunning festive light displays while listening to your favorite holiday tunes. Worried about being cold? We have you covered with a warm and delicious cup of hot chocolate from Katy Bug’s Sips and Sweets.

This Ride OKC special edition tour is offered for $20. It lasts 1.5 hours and includes a unique experience, local guide, bottle of water, and hot chocolate. Don’t own a bike? Just add a bike or kids trailer rental at check out.

WHEN: November 21 – December 31, 2020
ADMISSION: Free, however, extra cost for events

Through the power of community spirit, Chickasha’s Festival of Lights is a worthy visit. All decorations are designed and hand-made in Chickasha with the help of thousands of volunteers. This free event does have some paid extras, such as ice skating, carriage rides, and photos with Santa available for a charge. For more information, directions, and special event dates visit their website at

WHERE: 3400 West Fern Mountain Road, Muskogee
WHEN: November 26 – December 31, 2020

At the Christmas Kingdom, drive through Castleton Village, filled with thousands of holiday inflatables and colorful lights, creating an unforgettable display. Open every night, Thanksgiving Day through New Year’s Eve. Admission for the drive-through is free, though donations are gratefully accepted. Some of the activities, such as the Christmas Train, Pony Rides, and Holiday Hayride, have a fee.

Take a hayride or a carriage ride through the Village, or ride the ponies or the camel! Don’t miss the petting zoo. Stop inside The Castle for the Christmas Shoppe, free family movies, unique merchants, and the cafe. Make ornaments in Santa’s workshop and warm up by the fireplace.

WHERE: Downs Family Home
2900 72nd Avenue SE, Norman
WHEN: November 26 to December 31, 2020

With over 18 miles of light strands, the Downs Family transforms their countryside property into a Christmas Musical Experience, syncing up several Christmas songs to lights. The experience is similar to going to a drive-in movie where patrons would park on the field, turn their radio to 107.1 FM, and watch the show. The show is free with them only collecting food and cash donations for the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.

WHERE: Honor Heights Park
1400 Honor Heights Drive in Muskogee
WHEN: November to January 1, 2021

The Muskogee Parks and Recreation Department presents Garden of Lights, a display of over 1.2 million lights decorating the trees, bushes, and walkways throughout Honor Heights Park. A beautiful, glittering display is timed to holiday music as you drive through the park. Don’t miss the ice rink, refreshments, and gift shop.

WHERE: Chandler Community Center at Chandler Park
6500 West 21st Street in Tulsa
WHEN: November 29 through December 31
Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays 6p-9p

Chandler Park will be ablaze with the sights and sounds of the holiday spirit during November and December with the annual Holiday Lights on the Hill event. The public is invited to take a drive through three miles of bright lights and whimsical displays in celebration of Christmas. In addition to the lights display, the park will offer horse-drawn carriage rides and even a special visit from Santa.

ADMISSION: Free – donations welcomed, cost for carriage rides

Midwest City’s holiday lights shine brightly each night the Friday before Thanksgiving through December 30; Sunday-Thursday 6 pm to 10 pm and Friday-Saturday 6 pm to 11 pm. Admission is free, though they offer a romantic horse-drawn carriage ride through the shimmering lights on Friday and Saturday nights or by appointment for a fee. Enjoy the amazing 118 foot Christmas tree illuminated with over 9,000 LED bulbs, the impressive tunnel of lights, Santa fly fishing in a 15-foot waterfall, elves baking in the candy factory and so much more!

To get to the lights from I-40 or I-240 exit Douglas Blvd. North and follow the Snowflakes heading West on S.E 15th to the entrance at Century Blvd.


WHEN: November 27 – December 20, 2020

Wonderland of Lights is one of the highlights of the year for us at Woolaroc and we know that it is a tradition for so many of our friends and guests. The grounds of Woolaroc light up in such a special way during the holiday season, it truly is some of the best “magic” that Woolaroc has to offer. The safety of our guests and staff remains our top priority, which has led us to make some changes to this year’s plans. Don’t worry, WE ARE STILL HOSTING WONDERLAND OF LIGHTS AT WOOLAROC!

To ensure we are following proper safety recommendations, we will not be able to offer wagon rides, Santa in the museum, or cookies in the Lodge. However, we will be open for a drive-thru version of over 750,000 lights that will cover our main grounds.  Our lights will shine every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 5-9 pm November 27th through December 20th.  Since it is a drive-thru only, we have greatly reduced the price to $2 per person (children 2 and under are free). While it is different than our usual holiday celebration, we will make sure that our lights shine brighter than ever as we all work to make the very best out of these unusual times and help keep our holiday tradition alive.   One more thing….rest assured that our Holiday Horseman will still be roaming the grounds, so keep a close eye out for him!

Woolaroc is located 12 miles SW of Bartlesville on State Highway 123 and 45 miles NW of Tulsa. For more information, call Woolaroc at 918-336-0307, extension 10 or 11.

ADMISSION: Free – Donations welcomed

Holiday excitement and free family fun are in store at Yukon’s breathtaking Christmas in the Park, a magical wonderland of visual entertainment offered starting the Saturday before Thanksgiving at 6 p.m., then running from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. every night through New Year’s Eve. Motorists from across the country drive along nearly three miles of illuminated fun in three inter-connected city parks to see 4.5 million twinkling lights and over 500 one-of-a-kind lighted displays. Guests may also enjoy walking through the lights or, for a small fee, riding the Santa Express Train.

The tour starts in Yukon City Park, winds through Freedom Trail, then concludes Chisholm Trail Park. 

Walkers: stop by several “selfie stations” scattered throughout the parks. These festive stations are a great backdrop for a family photo or your next profile picture. Be sure to tag the City of Yukon in your pictures! Walkers, as well as those who want to visit Santa, are encouraged to park in the Oklahoma Parking Lot, located on the north end of Chisholm Trail Park.

At the Santa Express Train Station, young and old alike will love taking photos in the adorable Gingerbread Family Photo Cutouts, in the airplane, on the toy train or by Czechers, the massive Polar Bear! The recently added singing Christmas tree is sure to add some magic to your visit. For a small fee, the ever-popular Santa Express Train carries you on an enchanting ride among millions of Christmas lights.

A new 30 foot RGB Christmas Tree presents a stunning light show throughout your visit. Enjoy animations and dancing lights, all synched to your favorite Christmas tunes. Other recent additions include a majestic unicorn and juggling dragon.

Admission is free, and donations are merrily accepted at both the Chisholm Trail Park exit and the City Park exit. When you exit Chisholm Trail Park, don’t forget to stop by the Character House for selfies with your favorite Christmas characters. Santa will even make appearances on Friday and Saturday evenings!

WHERE: Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, 2 S Mickey Mantel Drive, Oklahoma City
WHEN: Sunday, December 22, 2019, at 5 pm

The entire community is encouraged to join in a display of light, joy, solidarity and an expression of the great American spirit and freedom. The Grand Chanukah Celebration will feature a giant Menorah lighting, live music, hot latkes, doughnuts, and a light and fire entertainment show.

Pop-Up Holiday Bars & Dining Experiences

WHERE: Inside Jack Rabbit Slims at 3325 South Boulevard, Suite 175, in Edmond

Enjoy holiday cocktails in a festive setting in the pop-up bar, Miracle on Boulevard, in Edmond.

Holiday Shopping Events

WHERE: Oklahoma State Fair
3001 General Pershing Blvd in Oklahoma City
WHEN: November 21, 2020

The Santa Market is one of OKC’s largest craft shows. Come see us at the State Fair Park for an incredible shopping experience! All proceeds benefit the Alzheimer’s Association of Oklahoma!

The Holiday Pop-Up Shops in 2014 photo by Dennis Spielman

WHERE: 397 NW 10th St, Oklahoma City
WHEN: November 28 — December 20, 2020

A holiday shopping village in the heart of Midtown! Visit over 50 independent shops, an urban Christmas tree lot managed by Bishop John Carroll School, and much more at the Holiday Pop-Up Shops. Shops rotate weekly through a set of geodesic domes (though for 2020 the domes are not there) and the tree lot is available until trees sell out.

WHERE: Oklahoma City Farmers Public Market

Sleigh Bells Market returns to the OKC Farmers Market Building in Oklahoma City! Two floors of vendors with vintage, handmade and local goods! Holiday drinks will be served by the Farmers Market Bar. There are no direct sales or multi-level marketing vendors at this event. Owned and produced by Revolve Productions.

WHERE: Heart of Oklahoma Expo Center
1700 West Independence Street in Shawnee

Come do some holiday shopping with great vendors bringing vintage Christmas, holiday goods, handmade goods, boutique items, and gifts! There are no direct sales or multi-level marketing vendors at this event. Owned and produced by Revolve Productions.

WHERE: Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark
2 South Mickey Mantle Drive, Oklahoma City

Holly Jolly Shops at the Brick is a two-day event featuring some amazing retailers, food, and fun on the concourse of the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. Come enjoy holiday shopping in a festive atmosphere! Hot, Fresh Kettle Corn, appearances by Elsa, The Grinch, Olaf, Buddy the Elf, and a visit from Santa Claus! There are no direct sales or multi-level marketing vendors at this event. Produced by Revolve Productions.

Concerts, Performing Arts and Parades

WHERE: Oklahoma Children’s Theatre
2501 North Blackwelder, Oklahoma City

No shows this year.

WHERE: 120 West Harrison Avenue, Guthrie
WHEN: December 11-31, 2020

While the Pollard Theatre Company Board of Directors and administration decided to forego in-person productions for the remainder of 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, Producing Artistic Director W. Jerome Stevenson and company have created an engaging virtual production that would return this beloved adaptation of the Dicken’s classic to Pollard audiences. Bring this Oklahoma Tradition HOME.

A Christmas Carol by Lyric Theatre - promo photo

WHERE: Harn Homestead
1721 N. Lincoln Blvd, Oklahoma City
WHEN: November 5 – December 27, 2020

***All performances will be held OUTDOORS. The venue does not have seating and requires patrons to walk from scene to scene during the 75-minute production.***

Lyric Theatre will celebrate its diamond anniversary of A CHRISTMAS CAROL with an all-new outdoor production, whisking audiences away to a magical holiday village nestled in the heart of Oklahoma City.

The historic Harn Homestead, 1721 N. Lincoln Blvd., will be reimagined as the Victorian Era setting for Ebenezer Scrooge, Jacob Marley, magical spirits, and a host of unforgettable characters. Patrons will follow Charles Dickens’ timeless tale of transformation and redemption, as they are guided from scene to scene at the homestead.

WHERE: Carpenter Square Theatre
806 West Main Street, Oklahoma City

No holiday shows are listed for 2020, however, that may change with an unannounced virtual production so visit their website for updates.

WHERE: Santa Fe Train Depot
100 South E.K. Gaylord Boulevard in Oklahoma City
WHEN: December 7-8, 13-15, and 20-23, 2019


Put on your pajamas and step aboard a private streetcar for storytime with Mrs. Claus this holiday season.

Arrive early for a peek inside the historic Santa Fe Train Depot where you will enjoy milk, cookies, and photo opportunities. Then, Mrs. Claus and her elves escort you on a chartered streetcar for a VIP journey around the loop while she reads “The Polar Express” and “Santa Comes to Oklahoma City.”

Then arrive back to shop at the made-in-Oklahoma store, Scissortail Gifts, and receive a complimentary wooden Oklahoma-shaped ornament. A portion of sales from this tour helps wrap-up homelessness in Oklahoma City with a donation to the Homeless Alliance.

Offered most Friday, Saturday, and Sundays in December along with other select dates. This is a ticketed event and reservations are required. For more information, pricing, and tickets visit

WHERE: Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park
2920 Paseo, Oklahoma City

Join Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park for a celebration of the life and love of Jane Austen, as seen through the eyes of her most beloved characters, this Holiday season! Dance, sing, and eat sweet treats among a wonderful cast of characters decked out in their finery for the Christmas holidays. Celebrate and play along as you witness her most famous love stories come to life before your eyes. Bring your dancing shoes and dress in your best, or just come as you are and enjoy the show. Participation is welcome, and cheer is infectious!

WHERE: Gaslight Theatre
221 North Independence, Enid
WHEN: December 4-6 & ​11-13, 2020

This play tells Louisa May Alcott’s classic tale of awakening in a simple and effective manner. Beautiful, amusing, and meaningful, this telling of the March sisters’ pivotal years on the verge of womanhood imparts cheer and hope for the goodness of mankind.

WHERE: Stockyards City Main Street
1307 South Agnew Ave, Oklahoma City
WHEN: December 5, 2020, at 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

After much consideration and due to circumstances beyond our control, Stockyard City has decided that they will not be holding the Cowboy Christmas Reverse Parade. 

However, they will still be having a Cowboy Christmas event in the District!  Just no parade. Cowboy Santa will be in Stockyards City at 10:00 a.m. for pictures.  He will be stationed in one of the drive-thru lanes at the former UMB building, 1217 South Agnew.  Families can walk through, visit with Santa and take pictures.  This will allow for social distancing and provide a great photo op. There will be some equine activity with a few groups paying a visit to the District that day, including the Express Ranch Percherons.  Christmas music will be playing throughout the day.  A few car clubs will have their cars on display.  We hope you can join us for a Cowboy Christmas on Saturday, December 5th!  As always, things are subject to change because of COVID-19. 

WHERE: Oklahoma City Improv Theatre
1757 NW 16th Street, Oklahoma City
WHEN: December 2020

It’s the most hilarious time of the year as OKC Improv spreads its annual holiday cheer by bringing multiple nights of nonstop laughter!

WHERE: Sooner Theatre
101 East Main Street, Norman
WHEN: December 11-13 and 18-20, 2020

Leapin’ Lizards! The irrepressible comic strip heroine takes center stage in one of the world’s best-loved musicals.

Based on the popular comic strip by Harold Gray, Annie has become a worldwide phenomenon and was the winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The beloved book and score by Tony Award winners, Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, features some of the greatest musical theatre hits ever written, including “Tomorrow.”

WHERE: OKC Civic Center Music Hall
201 North Walker Avenue, Oklahoma City
WHEN: December 12-20, 2020

Artistic Director Robert Mills’ beautiful staging of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker will warm your heart and fill you and yours with the spirit of the holidays. This year’s production will be shortened to one act, but will still include all of the favorite characters from the dancing snowflakes to the Kingdom of Sweets.

Get your tickets early to this grand holiday event. This Short & Sweet version is a great opportunity to introduce little ones or any ballet newcomers to live performance.

WHERE: Downtown Tulsa
WHEN: December 12, 2020, at 12:00 pm

Since 1926, the Tulsa Christmas Parade has entertained thousands of children and adults year after year as it winds through the historic streets of downtown Tulsa. In its early days, when Tulsa was a new town booming with rapid growth from the recent discovery of oil, the Christmas parade quickly became an annual tradition that has continued to be a favorite event.

For 2020, they are doing a drive-through parade.

WHERE: OCCC Visual and Performing Arts Center
7777 South May Avenue, Oklahoma City

While the live production has been postponed, check out the feature film, Finding Carlos, inspired by the production.

Grab your family and friends for an incredible performance and reimagining of the classic holiday story! Follow Carlos on his hip hop journey to self-discovery through magical lands filled with larger-than-life characters.

WHERE: Downtown Norman
WHEN: Saturday, December 12, 2020, at 6:00 pm

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Norman Main Street Christmas Holiday Parade will be a reverse parade around the perimeter of Andrews Park. Entries will be set up in static displays along Daws Street, James Garner Avenue, Acres Street, and Park Avenue for vehicles to parade around the park. Drivers will be able to cast a ballot for “The Best of Show” as they exit.

WHERE: 2221 Exchange Avenue, Oklahoma City
WHEN: December 19, 2020

Join the Rodeo Opry Band and a bevy of top performers as they share songs of the season at the annual Rodeo Opry Christmas Show.

Retro Wonderland

4200 North Western Avenue, Oklahoma City

The City Cabaret OKC is celebrating the holiday season by transforming into an intimate 1950’s jazz club offering a mix of Christmas and classic jazz standards. Tickets are $25. Dressing in a retro-style is not required but encouraged.

10300 E 81st Street, Tulsa
WHEN: December 17, 2020

Join Brian Nhira, his wife Sonia and their son Zayden Glory for ‘Christmas with the Nhiras’, a special evening of music and family time! This hour-long, family-friendly, original virtual Christmas concert special event, recorded Live at Gnome Studios in Nashville Tennessee, includes holiday music performed by Brian Nhira and his band, and some special moments from the Nhira family. The special will premiere on Dec. 17th, 2020 at 7 PM (CST) and can be streamed ‘On Demand’ until Dec. 26th, 2020 at 11:59 (CST). Don’t miss this Worldwide Virtual Concert.

 The Gift Raps is an annual charity event for homeless and those in need during the holidays that tours around various cities in Oklahoma. Each show is free and excepting donations such as non-perishable food items, socks, gloves, toys for children, etc.

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